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August 14, 2014 | By Jonathan Lai, Inquirer Staff Writer
A Camden-based joint venture between Rowan University and Rutgers-Camden will hire a project manager and spend most of its $10 million budget this year on developing a "health sciences" building in the city. The Rowan University/Rutgers-Camden Board of Governors adopted a budget Tuesday that designates $8.3 million for a building, including property acquisition, construction, and engineering fees. Part of an additional $250,000 will be used to hire a project manager, and $125,000 was set aside for planning and architect services.
NEWS
August 8, 2014 | By Kathy Boccella, Inquirer Staff Writer
It's been nearly two years since the new Phoenixville Area Middle School opened its doors with an oversize auditorium featuring state-of-the-art acoustics; high-tech "Smart Boards" in front of every classroom; a large courtyard; and an impressive library. The $56 million Chester County public school is missing only one thing: money that Harrisburg promised to help defray the cost. "We show it as a receivable in the belief that at some point we will get what we are owed by the state," said Stan Johnson, Phoenixville Area School District executive director of operations.
NEWS
July 8, 2014 | By Edward Colimore, Inquirer Staff Writer
She wasn't even born when her father was making history. But Princess Elettra Marconi Giovanelli, the daughter of legendary Italian physicist Guglielmo Marconi, has faithfully spread the story of his work, sharing it this summer in New Jersey as part of a North American tour that also took her to schools and museums in Massachusetts and Canada. She visited the Infoage Science History Museum in the 2200 block of Marconi Road in Wall Township, N.J., to commemorate the 101st anniversary of her father's visit to the site on June 30, 1913.
NEWS
June 25, 2014 | By Angelo Fichera, Inquirer Staff Writer
A photo from 2004 shows Jose David Ortega standing triumphantly at the site of a housing complex in Williamstown. He is wearing a tool belt and a backward cap, with a pile of wood beams to the left, a freshly erected home in the background. "He enjoyed [seeing] the house finished," said his mother, Odily Castro, in her East Camden home Monday. Ortega, 40, who went by his middle name, took delight in his work - completed houses, solid cement at his feet, his two young sons by his side.
REAL_ESTATE
June 16, 2014 | By Erin Arvedlund, Inquirer Staff Writer
When he lived on the 1300 block of North Sixth Street, near Thompson Street, Netanel Levi routinely awoke to the sound of horse-drawn carriages clip-clopping off to meet tourists in Center City. James Ludlow Elementary School and a 1998 Mural Arts Program scene formed another view. The neighborhood - Old Kensington, an area running from Front Street to Sixth, Girard Avenue to Berks Street - was experiencing a renaissance. And in 2006, Levi had a hunch that this was the block he should develop.
NEWS
May 8, 2014 | By Paul Nussbaum, Inquirer Staff Writer
PATCO expects to lose about 300,000 of its 10 million riders because of construction delays this year, and officials said Tuesday that passengers will face crowded trains, late trains, and changing schedules during the heaviest construction period this summer and fall. A $103 million rail construction project on the Ben Franklin Bridge, which will close one of two commuter train tracks for two months-long periods after Memorial Day, "is going to dramatically impact our ability to move passengers," John Hanson, chief executive of the Delaware River Port Authority, told a public gathering in Center City on Tuesday.
NEWS
April 28, 2014 | By Kevin Riordan, Inquirer Columnist
While Ilya and Yan Girlya were planning Diggerland USA, the "construction-themed adventure park" they are building in Berlin Township, the brothers consulted experts, including a trio named Aiden, Dylan, and Bianca. Ilya's two boys, 8 and 4, and Yan's daughter, 7, reached pretty much the same conclusion as conventional focus groups: The $8 million, 14-acre, action-packed attraction is a child's dream come true. After all, few kids of any age would pass up a chance to ride, drive, or operate a life-size Tonka toy - like the ones that gave me so many happy hours in the 1960s.
BUSINESS
April 5, 2014 | By Jane M. Von Bergen, Inquirer Staff Writer
Tables were packed so tightly at the Radisson Plaza-Warwick Hotel for the Greater Philadelphia Chamber of Commerce's construction investment breakfast Thursday that a loose bull would have wreaked real havoc. But the bullish vibe among the 200 officials from construction companies, government agencies, trade unions, and engineering, architectural and law firms in the ballroom was clearly evident. "There's a lot more smiling," said panelist Stephen P. Mullin, president of Econsult Solutions, an economic-analysis firm in Philadelphia.
NEWS
March 23, 2014 | By Paul Nussbaum, Inquirer Staff Writer
PATCO rail commuters got another dose of delays and crowding on Friday evening rush-hour trains, as construction work and a broken-down train hampered service. It was the first rush-hour of PATCO's newly revised construction schedule, which will continue through Memorial Day on Fridays after the morning rush and all day on Saturdays and Sundays. An eastbound train was taken out of service at the 15th-16th and Locust station, after passengers and crew heard a loud bang. There were also reports of smoke, and Philadelphia firefighters quickly arrived, but PATCO president John Hanson said later there had been no fire or smoke.
NEWS
March 20, 2014 | By Ronnie Polaneczky, Daily News Columnist
ON ITS website, H&M tells potential hires how much they'll be treasured by the behemoth company. "It's important that you feel appreciated and treated well in every way," the Swedish low-priced, high-style fashion retailer assures those who join its 105,000-plus global workforce (whose benefits package is so rich, it even includes pet insurance). "In the long run it's your well-being that is the key to our success. " If only the company's construction people cared as deeply about the well-being of H&M's neighbors.
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